What Solskjaer Told Bruno Fernandes Before His Debut Match

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Bruno Fernandes surprised all the eyes he had on him last night, performing creditably well in his debut match as Manchester United clashed with Wolves in the Premier League.

Both sides failed to make their mark nevertheless, the match being goalless despite the ambitious efforts of Fernandes in the 90 minutes. The star showcased decent stats, adapting well to the system and new environment, even directing his new teammates to operate the way he wants.

Solskjær had his expectations exceeded by the Portuguese quite clearly with his work rate. Being the first and only significant signing of the English club this year, the supporters were eager to see how the playmaker would anchor the midfield, and it really was a visual treat for the Old Trafford faithful last night.

Nevertheless, the club gaffer had revealed what he told the new signing prior to the Wolves fixture, further claiming that the forwards were unable to provide enough movement for Fernandes to make his magic work.

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After the match, the Norwegian coach stated (via M.E.N): “I think he did well. It’s his first game with new teammates, I think he played well. You want him to express himself and spur teammates on, that’s one of the first things I told him: ‘just be yourself, don’t change your character, try to get on the ball, make things happen’.

“First-half, we never had enough movement in front of him, everyone wanted the ball into feet, we never threatened in behind them. We just played outside their box, and then when they win it they counter-attack, and we win it back and here we go again.

“So we created a little bit in the second-half. I don’t think any team deserved to win the game. We’ll keep on working on it and [Fernandes’s] creativity is one of his strengths. He can see passes, play passes. We need more movement, get him used to players’ qualities and us with his qualities, that’s what we’re practising. We know we’re a good counter-attacking team.”